space 

How Santa Travels the Whole World in One Night

When you were a kid, did you ever ask your parents how it was possible to visit every house in every country all in one night (you know, except for the homes of those who were naughty)? Perhaps they came up with something clever to tell you, like tha...

Movies for geek kids (or kids of geeks)

Wired Magazine is offering up a list of ten films that will help you raise your kids as geeks. First on the list is Star Wars, one of the most significant space movies in history. What geek in the seventies didn't dream of being Luke Skywalker and sa...

Getting to know the stars

Growing up in San Francisco, with parents who thought "roughing it" meant going to Opera in the Park, I never really had a chance to see the billions of stars that inhabit the night sky in areas with less light pollution, let alone learn the constell...

Space education

Yesterday, Barbara Morgan started on a journey that will take her, literally, out of this world. It is the end of more than twenty years of preparation and dedication. Barbara Morgan was aboard the space shuttle Endeavour when it took off from Kenned...

Teacher heads into space

The last time a school teacher was set to go into space, it was 1986. That's when Christa McAuliffe tragically died, along with six of her crew members, when the space shuttle Challenger exploded after liftoff. Barbara Morgan had fought for McAulif...

Steven Hawking writing a children's book!

One of my earliest memories as a child is huddling before a small black and white television with my family watching astronauts land on the moon. I was only four years old, but those images captured my imagination and I have been fascinated by the un...

Heinlein's young adult novels

In junior high and high school I discovered science fiction. I read continuously, from the moment I woke up until well after I was supposed to be asleep. What got me hooked on science fiction were Robert Heinlein's young adult novels -- Tunnel in the...

Schoolkids draw penis seen from space

Call me immature, juvenile, or whatever, but this is hysterical. Two students at Bellemoor school in Southampton, UK, used weed killer to draw a giant penis on their school's lawn. Even though the school re-seeded the area, the photo at right was t...

McDonald's Happy Meals spreading bad science

Mark Frauenfelder, creator of the insanely popular blog, Boing Boing, noticed something a little odd on a McDonald's Happy Meal bag. A sentence underneath a leaping girl reads: "You can jump 6 times higher in space." As Mark notes, and anyone with ...

Teacher gets ready for space mission

Over twenty years ago, the world watched in shock as the Challenger Space Shuttle exploded shortly after takeoff, killing all on board. One woman who watched along with the rest of the world had a close connection to the tragedy: It could have been h...

Where do you do your thinking?

Most days I find that life is so hectic that I can barely think. It seems as though there is always a ringing phone, a diaper to change, a sibling squabble to settle or some laundry to fold andI just can't finish a single thought. At night I am too f...

FollowUs

Flickr RSS

TheTalkies